Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Hot off the presses! I've just finished printing a new edition of my Eurasian Tree Sparrow print. Here's some info on this fascinating bird and process images from the poster's hatching.

I first became familiar with this exotic bird when my Uncle Doug, the birder in the family, would come visit St. Louis and start his low-key quest for an ETS. Though this bird won't dazzle you with dramatic soaring or psychedelic feathers, take a look at it's unique global distribution:

That little red dot over on the left is the St. Louis region, the only home to the Eurasian Tree Sparrow in the new world for the last 150 or so years. Legend has it that pioneering German immigrant Carl Daenzer imported somewhere between 12 and 24 ETS specimens from his homeland and released them in Lafayette Square. It took 'em a while to settle in but eventually they formed a nice community here... and nowhere else in America.

Here's early Missouri birder Otto Widman describing the bird in "Summer Birds of Shaw's Garden" (1909):

I wanted to make a poster diagramming the story, along with some basic i.d. information and a couple of folksy anecdotes. Here were some rough sketches:



Here was an early layout concept:

But then I had this amazing idea of making an Arch-shaped branch:

Here's my cat Ramona very interested in watching progress on this one:

Final lineart:

And the final art! Posters for sale here.

The strangest/saddest thing that came up while researching this was the Great Sparrow Campaign, Mao Zedong's program to rid China of pests, one of which was the Eurasian Tree Sparrow.

Support your local Eurasian Tree Sparrow!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

PIX 2017 Poster

Here's a poster I designed, illustrated and printed for this year's Pittsburgh Indy Comix Exposition. The ToonSeum in Pittsburgh is currently offering some up as rewards for their fundraising campaign.  Here's some sketches and process stuff from the poster's creation:
Alternate sketches:
Vintage firecracker reference I collected.
I love this stuff. You can see how much I swiped from them:
Lineart:
Hand-drawn textures:
Original layout:
I decided to hand-letter everything:
(I didn't end up using the long-reach stapler). Final art:
Color separations:
Final print:
There are also some available for sale at my online shoppe.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 Beggin' Pet Parade!

Another year, another pack of dogs roaming the streets of Soulard, it's the Beggin' Pet Parade. The final 3-color screenprint shown above, sketches and process art below. See you there!

Friday, November 04, 2016

TURDUCKITTEN!

I drew this weird shirt for my wonderful pals at Tenth Life. Help the kitties and buy one now before it's gone and digested forever! Early concept development:

First all-vector version:

Lineart:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

LouFest 2016 Poster

I was happy to help out LouFest with this year's Commemorative Poster. They've still got some for sale here. Here's some process stuff, starting with my rough sketches. St. Louis's Forest Park and specifically the (generally over-emphasized) 1904 World's Fair were my initial launching points.



(Note: this green postcard sketch is a reference to one of my stops on the pike at the World's Fair: the exhibit of Beautiful Jim Key)
I ended up combining two of the sketches of above ("Earth Chunk" and "Celestial Map") into this idea:
I was looking this hot cosmic reference...
...ended up going with a more burnt sunset kinda vibe for the color palette :
Vector layout:
Loose drawing:
Final (gigantic) drawing:
Detail:
Seen in the wild:
Thanks LouFest! It was a fun muddy time.